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    How can I help my baby settle into a routine of nightly sleep?

    To encourage your baby to move into a more mature sleep pattern, you can try establishing a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines can be started early, or at a later period. Steps you can take include encouraging play and activity during daytime. When your baby falls asleep during the day, speak at a normal voice and go about your daily activities as usual. When bedtime approaches, move baby into a quiet, dimly-lit environment, speak in a soft voice, change nappy, clothes, etc. and make sure that baby is not overdressed or underdressed. Other steps include bathing, reading a story, rocking and cuddling, or singing a lullaby before bed, putting your baby to bed when they are sleepy but not yet asleep, and having the baby sleep in the same room as you.

    Answered on 18 Apr 2016. Medically reviewed by Health&

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